[ suh-ley-shuhs ]
/ səˈleɪ ʃəs /


lustful or lecherous.
(of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.

Origin of salacious

1635–45; < Latin salāci- (stem of salāx) lustful (derivative of salīre to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see salient, saltation) + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM salacious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for salacity

  • Salacity once aroused, even in a minister, allows no room for reason or for conscience.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young|John Harvey Kellogg
  • While speaking, he busied himself in accordance with his salacity.

    Eastern Shame Girl|Charles Georges Souli

British Dictionary definitions for salacity

/ (səˈleɪʃəs) /


having an excessive interest in sex
(of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd

Derived forms of salacious

salaciously, adverbsalaciousness or salacity (səˈlæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for salacious

C17: from Latin salax fond of leaping, from salīre to leap
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